Trail Of Tears guitarist Pål Olsen has parted ways with the band after three years of service. The band issued the following statement:

"Our guitarist, party-hat chief and beer drinker extraordinaire, Paul, has informed the rest of us that he is leaving the band. His decision is based on lack of time and a general wish to concentrate on the band that he co-founded, Guardians Of Time. We think it sucks to lose a talented guitarist as well as a genuinely great guy but this decision is probably for the best both for Paul, as well as for the band and we absolutely respect it and wish Paul much luck and happiness in the times to come. Trail of Tears will not bring a new member into the family as we are very much content with how the situation is at the moment and so the band will continue as a 5-piece.
We also want to make it perfectly clear that this will not affect the upcoming festivals and shows, nor will it affect the writing and pre-production work for the next album, a process that we are well underway with."

Here are a few words from Paul: "Due to my commitment to Guardians Of Time, I can no longer give 100% of myself to Trail of Tears. Anything less than 100% feels wrong for me when it comes to such a great band, and I see no other option than to leave the band. My time in Trail of Tears has been a great run. I have been lucky enough to contribute to one of the band's best albums, Bloodstained Endurance, and we have played a lot of great shows together. My last gig with Trail of Tears at Metal Camp in Slovenia a few weeks ago was a good ending for me. We part ways as good friends, and I wish them the best of luck in the future."

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Posted: 31.07.2010 by SlaytallicA


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corrupt - 31.07.2010 at 11:58  
Aw man. I have yet to see them live sometime and all they do is fall apart and further apart.
Jason W. - 31.07.2010 at 13:36  
Written by corrupt on 31.07.2010 at 11:58

Aw man. I have yet to see them live sometime and all they do is fall apart and further apart.

Seems to me, in the words of the band as well as in my personal experience seeing them live last October, that they are doing quite well.
Black Conundrum - 31.07.2010 at 21:56  
I was just listening to this band the other day and thinking about their major line-up change that happened in 2007. It sucks that Pål Olsen left the band, but it is nice that he left on good terms with them. Also, it is nice that this is only the first time since 2007 that the line-up has changed. Best of luck to Trail of Tears.

PS: When I was reading this, I did not think at all that this was a band falling apart.

EDIT: It looks like the large line-up change happened in 2006 and the additional members were gained in 2007.

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